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Fun Embossing Technique & Valentine’s Day Special!

Happy Valentine’s Day!  I am running so far behind but I wanted to make sure to get this post up for you… not just because I have a special Valentine’s Day Promotion at the end of the post!  But I also love this technique – it was one of the designer paper techinques from January’s Terrific Techniques class and I thought you might all enjoy it too.

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Double Embossed Backgrounds with the Happy Heart Embossing Folder (VIDEO TUTORIAL)

When I saw the Happy Hearts embossing folder was on the Weekly Deals this week, I remembered I had been wanting to make a video tutorial for this fun background that is AWESOME with this folder.  Unfortunately, life got crazy and then I got sick this weekend, so it took until this morning for me to get it recorded and posted.  I also am experimenting with my video setup, so hopefully it all worked out ok. Smile  But I really wanted to share this cool technique for double embossing your cards so you get the cool layered pattern for your backgrounds.happy hearts double embossed background

The whole idea is to emboss your background paper twice, sponging each time, so you get a cool layered look.  Here are the basic steps – but don’t worry, I have a video below that will show you step by step:

  1. Emboss your background paper with your favorite embossing folder
  2. Lightly sponge the back of the embossed paper (the debossed side) with a light ink color (I used Blushing Bride)
  3. Run the sponged paper through the embossing folder & Big Shot again so that the raised image comes up through the sponged side of your paper (if you match the smooth/sponged side of your paper with the smooth side of the embossing folder, you’ll be good)
  4. Lightly sponge over the raised images with a darker ink color… be careful to be gentle!

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Learn to make the Double Embossed Background with this Video Tutorial:

It ends up looking really cool when you are done!  Check out the video to see how it works step by step:

If you are reading this in email, here is a link to the video

Then I just finished out the card by layering my background piece onto some Watermelon Wonder cardstock and embellishing with the fabulous Epic Alphabet stamp set.  The heart in this set matches the Sweetheart Punch and then just cut out a “U”, add some ribbon, and staple together and you are done!

Double embossed background with Epic Alphabet sentiment

So try this technique out with different embossing folders and let me know which are your favorites!  I’d love to hear from you what works well as I had so much fun with the hearts I can’t wait to see what other ideas we can come up with!

double embossed background

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A Little Bit of Love with Seasonally Scattered

Wanna see the very first card I made of the convention display boards this year?  And the very first one I made with the new Seasonally Scattered?  Well, here you go!

This card is pretty different from my usual style… in fact, I actually made it and then set it aside for a while to see if I liked it or not.  In the end, I decided I did like it and had fun with the mixture of patterns and textures!

Tips for making this card:

  • The sentiments from the Seasonally Scattered stamp set are pretty big and the letters are part of the un-stamped image (meaning, when you ink up your stamp, where you see the letter “L” it does not get any ink on it).  But that gives you some fun other options, like heat embossing your image!
  • Once you emboss your image, sponge over the top of the embossed image for a varied saturation of color.

  • Tear off the edge of your embossed and sponged cardstock layer to give you a rough white edge since you’ll be ripping off the sponged surface and exposing inside of the white cardstock!
  • Color a pearl with your Cherry Cobbler blendabilities and then place it in the center of a Vintage button for a matching pop of color.


Oh, and I tucked my chevron ribbon under my white cardstock layer, to make sure the torn edge showed up and to mute some of the boldness of the chevron.

The nice thing about a card like this is that the big bold patterns and images give you a lot to look at when you look at the card but its actually super easy to put together.  Smile

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Last Minute Valentine Card Ideas from Leadership

I have had a TON of cards sitting on my camera begging to get edited and shared with the world, and finally I had time yesterday to spend most of the day editing them.  So, with Valentine’s day just around the corner, I thought I would share some of the great card swaps I received at Leadership that are perfect for giving to a loved one on Friday.

created by Robbie Chandler

Isn’t Red, Gold, and Black such an awesome color scheme?!  I love how she did a bunch of gold embossing over the red base and the black cardstock (that she then punched out with the Petite Petals punch).  Then add some gold washi tape and the gold baker’s twine and just a touch of red glimmer paper.  Very elegant!

created by Kim Allen

A less traditional card but really fun and whimsical.  I love the sentiment from the Love You to the Moon set and I think the punched out moon for the rocket to fly around is so cute (yes the moon is part of the stamp image but I like the layering with a different color of cardstock.  And the Razzleberry button with white bakers twine is a nice touch at the top of the banner.

created by Dawn Walker-Randall

And finally a more traditional Valentine’s Day card with the red and white, and hearts!  This uses the heart framelits and see that cool flower background on the bigger heart?  That is the Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder that embossed the Pool Party paper and then they inked it!

Check out my video tutorial for coloring the embossed flowers with this folder here

So some totally fun ideas to give you a few more ideas while you still have time to create!  I’ll have at least one or two more ideas for you this week, but hopefully this gets you started!

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Geometric Inspiration with January’s Paper Pumpkin Kit

Just a reminder – if you’ve been thinking about signing up for My Paper Pumpkin (Stampin’ Up’s project kit of the month program) tomorrow is the LAST day to get FREE MARKERS with your first kit!  And you know it is no obligation, right?  You can pause a month, hold your subscription, or even cancel at any time.

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January’s Geometric Card Kit

So, I’ll admit some months I’ve loved the project kit and others I’ve not loved the default design but I’ve had a lot of fun mixing it up and making my own variations.  Now, I’m not sure if it is because I decided to start working on my cards after midnight or if its just that geometric isn’t my style, but I had a bit of a challenge with this kit.

So, here is what the cards were (mostly) supposed to look like based on the included instructions:

january paper pumpkin kit demo cards

I say “mostly” because I had to add that grey and white arrow pennant on the right hand card because it just felt too empty to me without something to balance it out a little.  I guess looking at them now, they are pretty cute but I just wasn’t feeling it when I was creating them, so I thought I would try something else.

Here was attempt #1 –

January paper pumpkin doily xoxo card

I ended up using the same orientation at the original card (even though for a little bit I had this card turned on it’s side).  I just picked different stickers and added more of the doily to my card.  Definitely less geometric but still the fun layered look.

This was attempt #2 –

jsnuary paper pumpkin variation 2 love card

So, this one, you get a little bit more of the geometric them still coming through because of the triangles and the hexagons, but with a few changes I ended up softening it a bit.

You may be wondering how I got the different card front – the blue and white stripes – but you see, this is actually the INSIDE of the card!  I just decided to flip the way the card was folded so instead of a solid blue paper peering out through the triangles, I have the Crumb Cake (kraft) color peeking through instead.

I also got a little wild and started trimming stickers and stamping straight onto the cardbase even though I had already started gluing pieces down!

In the end, I still had a ton of stickers and almost 2 doilies left over from my kit to play with later.

january paper pumpkin left overs

But here is the best part – the kits are getting BIGGER and BETTER starting this month!

I know it is a little silly, but I’m really excited to get the next couple month’s kits!  I got a sneak peek at leadership and thanks to a video on the demonstrator website, I was reminded how much is in each kit.  I was excited about February’s kit when I thought it included enough to make 1 or 2 of the project, but it actually includes enough to make 5 of the project!

In March, I can’t wait to play with the accessories and you get to make 8 of the projects!

The kits will start frequently coming with photopolymer stamps (completely clear stamps) designed by Stampin’ Up and it sounds like will have some fun and unique touches.

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A Little Bit Of Love…and Scallops and Pearls

I hope you don’t mind one more Cross My Heart card sample.  I know, I’ve been using it a lot this week, but that is just because I went on a creating spree with the set and most of the cards I have photographed right now use it.  But hopefully by now you can see some fun ways to use it!  I have to admit, it was fun to take images from the same set and try to create totally different looking cards.  You should try it some time!

Anyway, here is today’s card:

So, this all started with me heat embossing the sentiment on a piece of Rose Red cardstock.  I don’t remember what I had planned for that stamped image… but the embossing is pretty. Smile

I experimented with my punches and found that the Wide Oval Punch fit perfectly around my sentiment and so away I started with my punches.  I used the Scallop Oval punch to layer behind it and masked my seam with the Natural Trim ribbon… have I mentioned how much I love this ribbon?

Then just a few more touches… like LOTS of pearls.  In the heart in the sentiment and along the scallops on the left edge.  I don’t think I’ve ever used this many pearls on a card.  But I think it works!

So, now that you’ve seen some samples with this set, I’m curious what you think.  Is this a set that you can imagine using or just a cute idea in the catalog?  I’d love to hear what you think!


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Cross My Heart Faux Stitched Love Card

Do you have a stamp set that you loved…bought… and now have no idea what to do with it?

Being a word puzzle person, I love these stamp sets that are word search/crossword designs.  I even bought the word search background stamp years ago.  But did I ever figure out how to use it?  Nope!

Well, my mom got the new Cross My Heart stamp set and while I thought it was really cool, I had no idea how you would use it.  So, I stamped a few images and have been making myself play with it.  Turns out, it was more fun than I expected!

This is actually one of the first cards I made with this set.  I was trying to use up some scraps from around my desk and so I just started layering elements together to create a simple little card.

One of the first things I knew I wanted to do was layer paper over the heart box to make it stand out.  So I stamped the sentiment on Whisper White and on Rose Red… then just cut out the Rose Red square to layer over the Whisper White.

Then I realized that the flower image fit really nicely in the small oval punch.  So I grabbed than and a scrap of the Natural Trim ribbon (one of my favorite things from the new catalog!) and did a little layering here too.

I felt like the top of the card was a little wide open, so I added some faux stitching with my white gel pen and accented my flower as well as the edge of the card.

And ta-da!  You have a card with bits, pieces, and scraps that

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Cross My Heart Faux Stitched Card
Cross My Heart
Ink: Early Espresso, Rose Red (marker), Lucky Limeade (marker)
Paper: Crumb Cake CS, Rose Red CS, Whisper White CS, Patio Party designer paper
Accessories: Wide Oval Punch, Small Oval Punch, White Gel Pen, Natural Trim ribbon, Sycamore Street ribbon (SAB FREE item), Stampin’ Dimensionals